Who's Who in Advancement
Meet the Office
Please feel free to contact the Advancement Office for information about upcoming events. You can also contact us to update your information, or you can use the form below.
We also welcome all materials to the archives or letters to the Christ School magazine... and of course gifts to the Annual Loyalty Fund are essential to the school's wellbeing.
Our office is located in the renovated '30 House and we are available from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, or by appointment.
Advancement Office Staff
Kathy Belk has fulfilled a number of roles throughout a decade and a half in Christ School’s Advancement Office: Office Manager, Annual Fund Coordinator, Constituent Relations and Special Events Coordinator, and Advancement Services Coordinator. She now serves as Annual Fund Director.
Ms. Belk received her B.S. in Accounting as well as a B.S. in Business Administration in Management from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in 1997.
She devotes her time outside of Christ School to being Co-Leader for the Girls Scouts Troop 30437 out of Hendersonville. She also enjoys camping, working in her yard, and spending time with her dogs. Ms. Belk has one daughter, Jennifer.
Director of Advancement Betsy Ellis was no stranger to Christ School when she accepted the position in 2018.
Mrs. Ellis previously worked in the Advancement Office from 2002 to 2004 to assist with fundraising for the renovation to St. Joseph’s Chapel. In 2004, Mrs. Ellis became Director of Advancement at Asheville's Evergreen Charter School. After the birth of her son Ben, Mrs. Ellis joined Asheville's Pisgah Legal Services, where she worked for 11 years. Her job grew to Director of Philanthropy, managing a talented team, 1,600 donors, and increasing the non-profit's annual campaign from $200,000 to more than $1.4 million a year.
Mrs. Ellis was ready for a new challenge, and the opportunity to return to Christ School came at the right time. The 2018-19 fiscal year was the most successful in Christ School history with more than 800 donors and over $1 million raised.
Mrs. Ellis, her husband James, an attorney in Black Mountain, N.C., and their three sons live in Van Every House. When she is not working, Ellis loves to travel, cook, and entertain. She also enjoys spending time at the family's place on Lake Champlain in Vermont.
Beth Krieger is now in her 16th year at the school.
Mrs. Krieger’s husband, Paul, is the headmaster. The Kriegers have three children, a daughter Emily, and sons Colin ’09 and Jeff ’12. Their children currently reside in Tampa, Chicago and Fayetteville. Mrs. Krieger received her B.A. degree in Business Administration from Gettysburg College.
Beth serves on a foundation board focusing on education and is active in a local book and garden club.
Savannah Parrish has served as Advancement Office Manager since 2015. An Asheville native, she has also spent time living in Costa Rica, Mexico, Virginia, and Tennessee. An enthusiastic traveler, she has visited 18 countries.
Savannah received her Master's in Public Administration from Western Carolina University in 2017.
Savannah and her husband, Mike McClanahan, have one daughter. In addition to traveling, she enjoys hiking, live music, and reading.
Isaac Rankin loves to travel, having visited close to 15 countries, and applies those worldly adventures to his duties at Christ School. Now in his ninth year, Mr. Rankin serves as Associate Director of Advancement, working with alumni relations, stewardship, donor relations, and planned giving. He previously served as Director of Residential Life and has taught 20th Century World History, U.S. History, Economics, and Journalism during his time at Christ School. Mr. Rankin also coaches basketball and oversees the Habitat Student Build.
Mr. Rankin received a B.S. in Psychology from Wofford College and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At Wofford, Mr. Rankin was president of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, a Charles E. Daniels Scholar, and member of the Honor Council.
Mr. Rankin’s other passions are writing, listening to podcasts, and obsessing over sports. He and his wife, Rebecca, have a son, James Isaac, and dog, Willow.
Dan Stevenson ’72 is doing what he loves for a place he holds dear as Director of Alumni Relations/Major Gift Officer. Mr. Stevenson returned to Christ School, his own alma mater, in 2011 after a 35-year career in business.
Mr. Stevenson likes reconnecting with former classmates and friends, and facilitating those relationships for others. He is especially happy to see the school’s growth and current momentum, adding “Christ School is thriving like never before and you will be proud of what you see when you come to campus for a visit.”
Mr. Stevenson graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in History in 1978. He stays fit by running. Mr. Stevenson and his wife, Jill, have two sons, Dan III and Andrew ’15.
Update Your Information
We are always excited to hear news from our alumni!
Log in to the Alumni Portal and make changes to your profile or use the form below to submit new contact information and class notes to tell us your news.
If you need a username and/or password, contact Dan Stevenson '72, Director of Alumni at (828) 684-6232 ext. 184 or by email at email@example.com.